Galtier leaves Nice before PSG departure, Favre returns as manager

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Christophe Galtier has left Nice ahead of his planned move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Nice confirmed on Monday that Lucien Favre had returned to the club to replace Galtier four years after leaving the Allianz Riviera.

Galtier, 55, is set to replace Mauricio Pochettino just a year after leading Lille to the French title in the 2020-21 campaign.

He previously worked with recently appointed PSG football advisor Luis Campos at Lille.

Galtier then took charge of 43 games at Nice, leading the Ligue 1 side to a fifth-place finish last season.

Announcing his departure, Nice said: “Christophe Galtier is no longer in charge of the OGC Nice first team.

“This Monday morning, the recovery of the Aiglons will be led by Lucien Favre, whose return the club is proud to announce.”

His arrival at PSG marks the end of Pochettino’s reign in the French capital.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager is set to be fired despite comfortably leading PSG to the French title.

PSG’s Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the Round of 16 is one of the factors that will cost Pochettino his job.

Pochettino’s men blew a two-goal aggregate lead in the second leg to allow eventual winners Real Madrid to progress at their expense.

Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi launched a major overhaul this summer which led to the dismissal of sporting director Leonardo.

Galtier, along with Campos, will decide who leaves the club during the summer transfer window when he is officially announced as manager.

PSG are keen to sell fringe players as part of a major squad overhaul with Mauro Icardi, Idrissa Gueye, Danilo Pereira, Keylor Navas and Julian Draxler among those who could leave.

The club have won eight of the last 10 French titles but have yet to get their hands on the Champions League.

(Photo: Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

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